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Kirkcudbright will once again shine bright from 6th – 8th October for the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light.

The Kirkcudbright Festival of Light will be a fantastic spectacle for all to enjoy, with light installations, displays, workshops and a community lantern parade on Saturday 8th October.

The Soaperie Gardens in the centre of the town will once again be lit for visitors to come and enjoy. You can walk through the gardens and see the fantastic lights displays, then take a wander round the town centre and see the great installations and displays, as well as the houses that have joined in and added lights and decorations to their windows. The event is free to attend, but the Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities ask that if you can afford to, that you put a donation in one of the boxes in the Soaperie Gardens, as this goes directly towards funding next year’s Festival of Light.

The event runs over three days, with the town lit up each evening and the Festival culminates on the Saturday evening at 7.30pm with a lantern parade from the

Soaperie Gardens, through the streets of Kirkcudbright. The parade this year will be led by Tony Bonning, well known local musician, poet, children’s entertainer and most recently adventurer & philanthropist, who has just returned from walking around Scotland with his horse Chief; who will join him on the parade.

Joining the Parade and wowing the crowds at the end of the parade, will be Verity Power. Verity is an entertainer who will treat the crowds to her amazing LED poi during the parade and will put on a fire show as a finale to the Festival. In addition to the entertainment, hundreds of families will take to the streets with their handmade lanterns.

People are encouraged to come along to three workshops the week before the parade in the Parish Church Hall; Saturday 1 st October, Monday 3 rd October and Tuesday 4 th October from 12 noon – 6pm. The lantern making workshops are free and families can come along and make a lantern, with the help of volunteers, which they can then use in the parade. For those that are unable to make the workshops, lantern kits are available in Kirkcudbright from the Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities Charity Shop for £6.

The Dark Space Planetarium will be exploring what will be visible on a clear night from Kirkcudbright and keeping you up to date with space related headlines. Tickets for the event on Friday 7 th October at 7pm are available from www.darkspaceplanetarium.org/events

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